A free-to-play War Thunder player has claimed that the game’s representation of the British Challenger 2 tank is inaccurate. This is a common occurrence for the message board of any video game that strives for realism.
What sets this apart is that the player claimed to be a Challenger 2 boss and continued to post classified documents to prove them right.
As reported by the UK Defense Journal, the user posted excerpts from Challenger 2’s “Army Equipment Support Publication”. The document had several sections blanked out, although the user said that they presented the images to show that Challenger 2 had not been modeled correctly in the game.
A community moderator for Gaijin Entertainment, the developers of War Thunder, responded by making it clear that they would not “handle”
“We have written confirmation from MoD that this document is still classified. By continuing to spread it, you are in violation of the law on official secrets, as stated in the warning on the front of the document, a crime that can result in up to 14 years in prison if prosecuted. You are already aware of this, as a service person you have signed a declaration that you understand the action and what actions it forces you to take. Each time you post this, you place us (international representatives of Gaijin), especially British citizens, in hot water, as the warning so helpfully states that unauthorized storage of a protected document is an offense. ”
Perhaps the best detail of all is that previously another moderator remarked that “the last time such a document was shared which was claimed to be” unclassified “, it was in fact still classified and was confirmed to have never been shared. This is not the first time this has happened.